Maria Shriver’s “How Do I Transition?” video foreshadows split

Image from Maria Shriver's How Do I Transition video

The split of Maria Shriver from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger is dominating the entertainment headlines right now.  Many folks are now saying after-the-fact that they aren’t surprised but in light of multiple groping allegations against the Gubernator and 25 years of Maria sticking it out I think that’s a little overstated.

Maria did post a cryptic video via her YouTube channel back on March 28th asking her fans how they go about transitioning in life.  It does seem to foreshadow the events that are now taking place.  Here is the clip followed by the full transcript:

“Like a lot of you I’m in transition and people come up to me all the time going, ‘What are you going to do next? What are you going to do? What will you come up with. Boy I hope you’re getting time to relax and think and take a break.'”

“It is so stressful to not know what you’re going to do next. When people ask you, ‘What are you going to be doing?’ And then they can’t believe that you don’t know what you’re going to be doing and then every idea you have you think, “Maybe I shouldn’t do that.”  So I thought to myself I’ll ask you guys”

“How do you think you can really have an impact in 2011 in the world when the world seems to be blowing up? And I’d like to hear from other people who are in transition. How did you find your transition? Personal, professional, emotional, spiritual, financial, how did you get through it? What were the three things that enabled you to get through your transition? After you transitioned what do you wish you would have known? I wrote a book a long time ago “Ten Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Went Out In To the Real World.” Tell me some things you wish you would have know before you transitioned.   You might be able to help me.”

At first the clip has a straight up, “What do you think?” journalistic vibe but Maria has a very downtrodden countenance and the way she tails off in the end suggesting that the advice could help her is really telling.  I’ve always thought the world of Maria and I believe her professional work speaks for itself.  She’s a tough cookie and I hope she finds her transition to be one that, in the end, proves to be life affirming and a step forward.

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